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Activities

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Science NOW!

Science Now is an interactive, hands-on look at current science news!

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Scientist Saturdays

Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays.

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Meet the Animals

Meet the furry, feathered, and scaly residents of the Academy.

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Naturalist Presentations

Join our experienced Academy Educators as they explore natural history.

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fossil prep lab

Fossil Prep Lab

Witness paleontology in action as real dinosaur fossils are prepared.

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Reptile Encounter

Get up close to the Academy's reptiles and amphibians.

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Science NOW!

10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday
Location: Science Live, Outside the Auditorium

Science Now is an interactive, hands-on look at current science news! Each weekday from 10–2, visitors of all ages can find our enthusiastic volunteers ready to chat about news related to climate change, evolution, biodiversity and extinction, and water. Drop by for a brief activity or conversation! Free with general admission.

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NEW
Scientist Saturdays

1–4 p.m.
Select Saturdays
Location: Science Live, Outside the Auditorium

Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research and ask all the questions you want from 1 to 4 p.m. The program welcomes guests of all ages to interact with the scientists, who are happy to converse with you about their current research. Come back for new guests each month. Free with general admission. No registration required.

Coming Up Next:

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Paleontology and Evolution
Aja Carter, PhD Student in Paleontology, University of Pennsylvania

Meet paleontologist and Drexel grad Aja Carter, who studies how our ancestors moved 340 million years ago, when they crawled from the muck and onto land. Carter studies how they evolved the abilities to crawl over obstacles in their environment, such as fallen trees and logs. Her research focuses on the effects of vertebral shape on obstacle crossing capabilities through a host of techniques, from classic vertebral measurements to cutting-edge biorobotic models.

Upcoming Dates

  • January 20
  • February 24
  • March 17
  • April 21
  • May 19
  • June 16

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Meet the Animals

Monday–Friday
11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium or Science Live
25–30 minutes
All ages welcome

Meet the furry, feathered, and scaly residents of the museum’s Live Animal Center, and explore their behaviors, adaptations, and ecosystems. The museum's Live Animal Center supports over 100 individual animal ambassadors and several colonies of invertebrates. Cared for by a team of full-time keepers, they make thousands of program appearances annually.

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Naturalist Presentations

2:30 p.m. Weekdays

Natural science is full of surprises—from feathers and jewels to bugs, dinosaurs, fossils, and live animals! Join our experienced Academy Educators as they explore natural history in these informal and interactive presentations.

Mondays
Up Close With Live Butterflies
Location: Butterflies!

Meet us in our tropical butterfly exhibit! Get up close and personal with our living jewels. Our keeper will show you how we take care of our butterflies, and you may even be able to help us release a new butterfly into the exhibit.

Tuesdays
My Cousin, the Dinosaur
Location: Science Live, Outside the Auditorium

Meet a live dinosaur relative, and learn how dinosaurs still live among us.

Wednesday
How to Prepare a Fossil
Location: Fossil Prep Lab in Dinosaur Hall

How does a fossil get pulled out of the ground and eventually put on display in a museum like the Academy of Natural Sciences? Our Academy dinosaur experts will be on hand to guide you through the science behind one of the most iconic animals on the planet!

Thursdays
Bug Appétit Invertebrate Feeding
Location: Outside In

Join us for a feeding of our living invertebrates, including tarantulas and centipedes. With over 1,000 bugs in our live collection, you never know who might be hungry during your visit.

Fridays
Training an Animal
Location: Science Live, Outside the Auditorium

Talk to our keeper staff as they demonstrate designing enrichment and training programs for our animals. Meet some of our live animals too!

fossil prep lab

Fossil Prep Lab

If you want to see paleontology in action, check out the Academy's Fossil Prep Lab. You can watch as our staff, volunteers, and other skilled workers prepare fossils for study by scientists from other research institutions. In the photo to the left, for example, you can witness preparator Jean Caton working on a vertebra (backbone) of an Apatosaurus for the Carnegie Museum.

Fossil Prep Lab staff often work closely with research paleontologists. Jason Poole is currently working with fossils from Montana/Wyoming, brought back from an expedition alongside the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute.

The Fossil Prep Lab is located in the back of Dinosaur Hall on the Main Floor, behind the staircase. Watch our staff work, and if you want, ask them questions. They will be glad to answer.

leopard gecko

Reptile Encounter

Get up close to the Academy's reptiles and amphibians at our Reptile Tech Cart! See close up details through a high powered microscope, examine and touch snake skins, turtle shells, and more! Our Reptile Cart runs seasonally and for special events. For the 2017-2018 school year, it will run on Tuesdays and Sundays. Check with Visitor Services to find out if the cart is out on the day you visit!